[Pkg-nagios-devel] Bug#478889: permissions for /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd incorrect

Stephane Chazelas stephane at artesyncp.com
Thu May 1 16:15:01 UTC 2008

Package: nagios3
Version: 3.0.1-1
Severity: normal


$ sudo ls -ld /var/lib/nagios3{,/rw{,/nagios.cmd}}
drwxr-x--- 5 nagios nagios   4096 2008-04-30 14:46 /var/lib/nagios3
drwx------ 2 nagios www-data 4096 2008-05-01 16:43 /var/lib/nagios3/rw
prw-rw---- 1 nagios nagios      0 2008-05-01 16:41 /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd

$ ls -ld /usr/lib/cgi-bin/nagios3/cmd.cgi
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 219692 2008-04-18 14:34 /usr/lib/cgi-bin/nagios3/cmd.cgi*

$ grep -e www-data -e nagios /etc/group

(I had to add "nagios" to "Debian-exim" so it is able to run "mailq").

/var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd is a fifo that is meant to be
written by the cmd.cgi CGI to give commands to be run to the
nagios server, such as reschedule a check.

Here the user running "cmd.cgi" (www-data) can't write to the
file because it doesn't have search permission to
/var/lib/nagios3 nor /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd

Probably the best way to fix it is to change the permissions to:

drwxr-xr-x 5 nagios nagios   4096 2008-04-30 14:46 /var/lib/nagios3
drwxr-x--- 2 nagios nagios   4096 2008-05-01 16:43 /var/lib/nagios3/rw
prw-rw---- 1 nagios nagios      0 2008-05-01 16:41 /var/lib/nagios3/rw/nagios.cmd
---x--s--- 1 www-data nagios   219692 2008-04-18 14:34 /usr/lib/cgi-bin/nagios3/cmd.cgi*

Normally, the cmd.cgi is protected by basic HTTP authentication.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux
Locale: LANG=en_GB.ISO-8859-15, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.ISO-8859-15 (charmap=ISO-8859-15)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages nagios3 depends on:
ii  libc6                  2.7-10            GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libgd2-xpm             2.0.36~rc1~dfsg-2 GD Graphics Library version 2
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.16.3-2          The GLib library of C routines
ii  libjpeg62              6b-14             The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libperl5.8             5.8.8-12          Shared Perl library
ii  libpng12-0             1.2.26-1          PNG library - runtime
ii  nagios3-common         3.0.1-1           support files for nagios3
ii  perl                   5.8.8-12          Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  zlib1g                 1: compression library - runtime

nagios3 recommends no packages.

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